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4.0 out of 5 stars Did I get it?, 4 Nov 2011
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Promising start. Four friends going through school and finding their feet, three in particular looking up to the lofty Adrian. I got it.
Inexperienced Tony meeting the icy, detached Veronica who he is anxious to have a "full" relationship with. I got it.
Tony going for the weekend to meet Veronica's family in the posh suburbs and being completely out of his depth as to the social graces. I got it.
Veronica and Tony breaking up. I got it.
Tony getting married to Margaret, having a child, the marriage breaking down (though still staying on good terms with his ex-wife). I got it.
Being left Adrian's diary and 500 from the mother of Veronica who he met just the once on that toe-curling weekend. I'm still getting it - just.
Corresponding with Veronica in an attempt to persuade her to hand over the legacy. She won't. I'm ok, I'm still getting it.
Eventually meeting up with her and discovering why she keeps telling him "You just don't get it". Unfortunately, now neither do I!

Throughout I was anticipating "oh, so that's what he doesn't get ...". Instead the end was a bit soap opera - and abrupt. Did he get fed up of his own story?

Because I loved the writing, the low key humour, the characters, I'm giving it 4 stars. It would have had 5 stars had the finale not been so weak.
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Initial post: 8 Apr 2012 20:21:20 BDT
Well I am not sure I get it,,,, but this is what I got,,,,, SPOILER ALERT,,,,, Veronika's mum was a bit of a goer and shagged Adrian, she then got pregnant with Adrians child,,, which obviously upset V'ron who then finished with Ade,,,, Ade then killed himself for the shame of shagging his girlfriends mum,,, dressing it up as some existential philosophical choice thing,,, the child grew up with some deficiency (neglect, was Vrons mum a drinker???),,, then the Mum (the goer) decided to inexplicably leave Ade 500 and Ade's diary,,, which V'ron nicked in order to cover up what she finally sort of tell's Tone in a round about way anyway,,, she blames Tone for his frankly bitter little letter,,, relieving herself, her vamp mum and Ade of all responsibility. If I was Tony I'd have told them all to bog off and take some responsibility for there own actions and stop guilt tripping him..... jeez louise........

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jul 2012 09:57:20 BDT
I didn't get it either (and I am of the same age as Tony), but I think your explanation is rather funny.

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Posted on 3 Aug 2012 17:01:06 BDT
Isn't the final point made by the novel that the implied reason for Adrian's suicide is more banal than he would have liked, thus offering up the philosophizing aka Camus for a little bit of ridicule? Bringing everyone down to earth in a way?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2013 18:45:50 GMT
Panther says:
I don't think many people really got it. Its a little bit like the emperors new cloths.

So many "Serious People" saying "Isn't it oh, Isn't it huh, isn't it ah." Well, no it isn't.

Seriously, would anyone commit suicide over a thing like this? not likely. Not in the twentieth. Would anyone go to the trouble that Tony went to, to find out? I wouldn't. The only remarkable thing about this book, is that it won the Booker Prize. Must have been a slack year.
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